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The Absurdity of Bureaucracy: How Implementation Works

The Absurdity of Bureaucracy: How Implementation Works JOE Book review 6,3 Edited by Vohnsen N. Manchester University Press Manchester 208pp. £70 (hbk) ISBN: 978-1526101341 Review DOI 10.1108/JOE-06-2017-0031 There is something delightful about a new book, fresh off the press. The smell. The feel of the cover – almost silky in this case. It is a pleasure that I always look forward to, almost as much as the contents of the book concerned! But the title under review promised to be better than that initial experience. Nina Vohnsen (2015) has written for the Journal of Organizational Ethnography before. This book takes some of the insights found in that paper and follows the story of the policy through other offices and other hands. As such, and as the subtitle of the book indicates, this is a book about implementation. This is a well-trodden field, but she approaches it in a very particular way. And this is part of the promise of the book. She opens with some helpful advice for different readers, those too busy or too easily bored to simply start at the beginning. Among the audiences are consultants, who are offered the following advice: “stop wasting our taxes by charging huge fees for consultancy work […] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Organizational Ethnography Emerald Publishing

The Absurdity of Bureaucracy: How Implementation Works

Journal of Organizational Ethnography , Volume 6 (3): 3 – Oct 9, 2017

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2046-6749
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JOE Book review 6,3 Edited by Vohnsen N. Manchester University Press Manchester 208pp. £70 (hbk) ISBN: 978-1526101341 Review DOI 10.1108/JOE-06-2017-0031 There is something delightful about a new book, fresh off the press. The smell. The feel of the cover – almost silky in this case. It is a pleasure that I always look forward to, almost as much as the contents of the book concerned! But the title under review promised to be better than that initial experience. Nina Vohnsen (2015) has written for the Journal of Organizational Ethnography before. This book takes some of the insights found in that paper and follows the story of the policy through other offices and other hands. As such, and as the subtitle of the book indicates, this is a book about implementation. This is a well-trodden field, but she approaches it in a very particular way. And this is part of the promise of the book. She opens with some helpful advice for different readers, those too busy or too easily bored to simply start at the beginning. Among the audiences are consultants, who are offered the following advice: “stop wasting our taxes by charging huge fees for consultancy work […]

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Journal of Organizational EthnographyEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 9, 2017

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